The extreme weather alert, freezing rain, and high winds couldn’t stop engaged couples from attending this year’s Vantage Venues wedding open house! Located in the heart of downtown Toronto on the 27th story floor of its King West locale, the venue boasts stunning views of the city’s skyline waterfront. The recently renovated space with its floor-to-ceiling windows did not disappoint as the view is simply breathtaking and is certain to leave your guests in awe. 135mm Photography captures all the charming details of this event!

Vantage Venues

Stepping into into the cocktail lounge and bar area, I am immediately mesmerized by the stunning floral hung above the windows! This was a definite show stopper as guests enjoyed snapping photos under this magical and whimsical scene embellished entirely with peach bloom roses, wisteria and greenery – designed by To The Moon & Back Wedding & Event Design and produced by La Belle Fleur Floral & Design.

Vinyl dance floor provided by Designer Dance Floors

In the main dining hall, To the Moon and Back Event Designs showcases four different tablescape styles, each with their own unique Instagram-worthy stunning details. With the help of La Belle Fleur Floral Design & Decor and Event Rental Group, these tablescapes really came to life.

The first tablescape is inspired by the 2019 Pantone Colour of the Year, Living Coral. I fell in love with the beautiful crystal candelabra adorned with an over-sized floral arrangement featuring assorted roses such as Juliet garden roses, peach Tiffany, coral Amsterdam and quicksand roses – just to name a few. A current popular trend is combining large-scale arrangements with smaller florals in vessels, and this was none the more evident amongst all the different tablescapes presented.

Vantage Venues

The next table setting is a cute little sweetheart table for the bride and groom. How romantic would it be to sit under this cherry blossom tree? It almost feels like you’re having an elegant spring picnic outdoors in High Park!

My personal favourite is the palm-tree centerpiece with a black and gold tablescape  – the hanging orchids with the use of assorted leaves including monster, banana, tepee and Areca Palm leaves really added a unique twist to the look. The layering of black and gold in the place settings along with the gold geometric lanterns give this tablescape a more modern and rich vibe. I loved the use of the clear Isabella chairs to give it a clean and sophisticated look.

Vantage Venues

The last table setting opts for a more classic and nautical look with the use of asymmetrical layers – a trio set of Moroccan lanterns and various miniature floral arrangements in white majolica spray roses, anemone, and blue thistle (to match the tablecloth) adorned this table. While the ornate gold flatware, gold rimmed glasses and classic chiavari chairs provided that classic elegance, the royal blue linen really made the table pop!

Let’s head on over to the ceremony room that featured a stunning ceremony for the modern bride. The room is kept simple with pillar candles lining the aisle giving more attention to the beautiful round floral arch.

Vantage Venues

Throughout the evening, guests sampled on sophisticated culinary delights made with love by the talented in-house catering team. From passed canapés to several food stations, guests enjoyed a sampling of their popular wedding menu items such as Chorizo and Corn Chowder, Watercress Salad with pickled and fermented vegetables, roasted stuffed brown top Mushrooms and incredibly tender Sous Vide Chicken Roulade. For dessert, a variety of tarts and cakes were provided by the amazingly talented Amanda Foong Cakes. I still can’t get over the detailing in the hand-made sugar flowers on each cake as it looked absolutely flawless!

Guests had the opportunity to chat and learn from a few wedding professionals like A Good Day, Inc. and Taurus Productions & Entertainment. There was even mini makeup sessions for a chance to glam up by beauty experts from The Beauty Team.

Rounding out the evening, guests had the opportunity to enjoy a fun photo booth and take home printed photos along with a gold-rimmed, white gift bag filled with goodies!

A big thank you to all the vendors who braved the weather and made it such an amazing event! And thank you to Vantage Venues for inviting us to experience this world-class meeting and event space. It truly is one-of-a-kind.

Toronto Wedding Photographers Share Their Favourite/Best Kiss Photos

With another Valentine’s Day gracing us with its presence, love is certainly in the air! Cue the romantic gestures, the abundance of flowers and chocolate, and bouts of public displays of affection everywhere you look. In honor of our little cupid friend, we wanted to celebrate with a little PDA of our own – style! We asked some of the most talented photographers in the city to share their favourite kisses caught on camera with us (and all of you of course!) – Enjoy!

Luminous Weddings

Best Kiss

“The first kiss is such a special moment! It often goes so fast and as photographers, it is one of the points in the day that we are just itching to capture at the perfect moment. This was it – everything came together and you are able to feel their love, energy and excitement!”

– Bruna, Luminous Weddings 

Jennifer See Studios

“Definitely one of my favourite kisses captured! Derek was so excited to kiss his now-wife. He grabbed her by the shoulder and kissed her in front of all their friends and family!”

– Jennifer, Jennifer See Studios

Olive Photography

“Margo and Jacob have been together years and years, but their passion is a flame that burns so bright. There is a beautiful tension between them when they are not close, and you can almost feel the fireworks when they get close together, like here in this photo of them kissing. I love this photo because you can feel the heat between the two of them, and the sun streaming through isn’t just gorgeous but also emphasizes the intensity you can already see between them.”

– Anastasia, Olive Photography

Ally & Nicholas Photography

Best Kiss

“This photo is so special to us because these two are so special. Emily and Jody have been together for 10 years and share a kind of love people write about. They were so free spirited during their engagement session, just embracing the experience and each other. They went right into the water and without hesitation, Jody picked her up and gave Emily the biggest kiss just before the sunset. It was such a sweet moment.”

– Ally, Ally & Nicholas Photography

Young Glass Photography

Best Kiss

“We love this all-encompassing image of this surreal couple’s wedding day. Romance can live in many forms, but Kelly and Sean’s was expressed with SO MUCH FUN, it was impossible to resist smiling and laughing in its presence. This kiss is them just playing around. It’s real and it’s awesome!”

– Evan, Young Glass Photography

Alix Gould Photography

“I love this shot because it’s so timeless. It could be taken in any decade, in any part of the world! Taking advantage of an incredibly romantic background, how fitting to steal a kiss?”

– Alix, Alix Gould Photography

Scarlet O’Neill

“This was actually a session 7 months after this couple’s wedding! They got back into their wedding attire and popped a bottle of bubbly to celebrate the love that still exists so deeply between them. I love how despite the wedding attire, they were so relaxed and just ready to cuddle up!”

– Scarlet, Scarlet O’Neill

Purple Tree Wedding Photography

“From the moment we met Katie and Sean, we were obsessed! We asked Sean to give Katie a kiss as the streetcar zoomed past, not expecting to capture one of the best dips we’ve ever seen!”

– Anna, Purple Tree Wedding Photography

Bows and Lavender

Best Kiss

“This photo of Sam and Chantal was captured a few moments after their ceremony while they were spending some time alone together before kicking off the celebration with their guests. I LOVE this photograph because I remember asking them to cuddle the heck out of each other, and that is exactly what they did! They attacked one another with face and neck kisses, while repeatedly yelling out ‘we’re married!’ Their energy and love is contagious and at one point I dropped my camera because I was smiling so much. And realized ‘I gotta capture this moment!’ and that is when this final kiss happened.”

– Jessy, Bows & Lavender

Rhythm Photography

“Sparkler exit photos are a really fun way to end the evening. As Janice and Carlos dashed through the row of sparklers, we asked them to pause at the end for a kiss. I must say, kissing under the sparklers is way more romantic than kissing under the stars!”

– Anita, Rhythm Photography

Fox Photography

Best Kiss

“After completing all of the portraits for the day, the sunset was so beautiful that we snuck out of the reception for 10 minutes so we could take advantage of the end of golden hour and the beautiful sunset! We absolutely love this shot of Mary and David because it’s a classic ‘dip & kiss’ pose which never seems to get old and remains timeless!”

– Michelle, Fox Photography

Tara McMullen Photography

“This wedding planned by Melissa Baum Events was the most love-filled event of the year. Magen Boys Entertainment shot huge canons filled with flower petals at the exact moment of the first kiss. Fifty thousand petals flew from all corners of the Royal York Ballroom. It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen!”

– Tara, Tara McMullen Photography

Lori Waltenbury Photography

“This couple decided to book a shoot in the middle of winter on one of the coldest days and windiest spots in Toronto. They’ll be tying the not in Greece this summer so it was important to them to have a beautiful wintery scene to contrast their eventual wedding photos. They put on a brave face and some extra socks and trekked through the icy areas of the Scarborough Bluffs. But it was all worth it!”

– Lori, Lori Waltenbury

Simply Lace Photography

“I love this first kiss from Neuri and Brian’s wedding at the lovely Hacienda Sarria this past summer! It’s such a different angle and view of the first kiss! Their entire day was filled with so much love and happiness, so glad to have been able to be a part of it!”

– Bruna, Simply Lace Photography

Jovana and Gray’s Romantic Big Day at the Burroughes Building

Jovana and Gray are a sophisticated, modern couple who wanted their wedding to reflect their personalities. After some debate, they decided to celebrate their union at the start of a new year with their nearest and dearest and chose to host their special day at The Burroughes, a turn of the century venue situated in trendy Queen West. This wedding featured a plethora of chic details: from the wild florals to the gold tableware to the black and gold menus, everything tied together beautifully. Of course, the bride herself was beautiful – Jovana wore a stunning gown with a lace bodice, flared sleeves and a skirt with a short front and a long tail. Lindsie Grey captures great photos of the big day!

Gray walked down a hallway with creaky hardwood floors to meet Jovana for the first look. Needless to say, she looked ravishing! The happy couple then moved outside for a romantic photo session in the snowy courtyard.

From the Photographer: This couple’s first look is one of my favourites! These two were at another wedding I had shot and we just clicked so I was excited to capture this private moment. Their first look set the tone for the whole day.

The intimate ceremony was held in a room decked out in black and white.

Stôk Floral & Design Inc. arranged charming pastel flower bouquets for the ceremony and designed winter greenery table runners for the reception. The space was swiftly reset with rentals from Chair-man Mills. DJ Evolved Entertainment played fun beats while guests returned to the room for a classy reception. The menu offered a selection of wine and bubbles and a variety of gourmet snacks all night long.

Food Dudes catered the bites and the bride’s family graciously baked cakes and sweets. The night was filled with deliciousness and celebration. Jovana and Gray’s wedding was a fabulous start to the new year!



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